N.Y. congressional candidate wants to double as reality TV star

By David Yates | Jul 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A Republican candidate seeking to dethrone U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney also wants to star in his very own reality television show as he campaigns.

Nicholas Di Iorio recently filed an advisory opinion request with the Federal Election Commission, seeking clarification from the government entity on the rules behind doubling as a TV star while campaigning.

According to the request, Di Iorio and his campaign manager, Joseph Shippee, were approached by two unspecified individuals interested in filming the congressional hopeful and another unnamed candidate for a multi-episode reality TV show.

The filmers, apparently, are interested in exploring the motivations, trials and tribulations of candidates running in races considered unwinnable.

If the show is picked up and the FEC approves, Di Iorio and his campaign team would be filmed until Election Day. No episodes would air until after the general election.

The request is asking the FEC if Di Iorio and his staff are allowed to be paid and if not, is it still permissible for them to be filmed for the reality show.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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